posted on Oct, 22 2009 @ 11:18 PM
Actually, I think it's more of a fascination with the end of the world. I'm guessing you've either seen previews for the next season of The
Universe on the History Channel or saw the end of the world episode they had.
All of these things were possibilities in the past (though some we didn't know about). However, in most sci-fi stories (where these doomsday
scenarios are most often discussed), WW3, asteroids or viruses can be remedied by a change in humanity in some way the author thinks would be swell.
In the case of a gamma ray burst, though... Well, we could be living in a utopian society and still be obliterated. Douglass Adams was the only one
who would touch something like that, and he's dead
On top of that, I think we, as a society, are becoming more interested with astrophysics (or Star Trek, Stargate, and Babylon 5, if you prefer), and
as such like to hear/learn about these things. Combine that with global calamity selling, and you've got plenty of documentaries talking about how
our solar system will move into a dark nebula and irradiate all of us to well done.